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Self-Defense on UI Campus
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The University of Iowa has taken several steps to combat sexual assaults on campus in the past few months. President Sally Mason has even laid out a six point plan to address the issue.
Even with all the changes, some students are taking matters into their own hands.
One sorority, Rho Lambda, saw the issues flare up on campus, so they decided to bring in an expert to help.
"No B.S., it's what I teach," says self-defense teacher Jack Michel. "It's short, sweet, you move on."
If anyone knows about the art of self-defense, it's Michel.
He's taught police officers, owned a security company, even provided personal protection for actor Tom Arnold. Now, he's passing on his knowledge to the women of the University of Iowa.
"The whole thing is about women's empowerment and defending yourself when there is an attack," said Jillian Brooks Rho Lambda President.
The sorority saw the assaults popping up on campus, and the university's subsequent response.
"Although the university is trying, we also need to create our own resources and help each other out in another way," said sorority member Rebecca Koerner.
One of those resources is the 6'2, 300lb Michel, who personally knows the impact of sex crimes.
"My fiance, before I met her, was gang raped by three guys and gunpoint and left for dead," Michel says.
He's since dedicated his life to showing others how to survive. The girls brought him in to teach what he terms street tactics.
"There's no head kicking, no Jean-Claude Van Damme stuff," he says. "I'm not teaching them to fight with the guy, I'm teaching them to get away - react, do some damage, get away.
"It's realistic," says Brooks. "You're walking down the street; all you have is a backpack and a pen - how are you going to fight someone off?"
Even though, it's only been a few weeks, the girls say they feel more ready when they step outside these walls.
"I feel a little bit sneakier, and have a little bit more coy ways to get away," Koerner says.